CLASSES and WORKSHOPS

BINGE WRITING (AND GETTING AWAY WITH IT)

Whether you were on an incredibly tight deadline or you just wanted to challenge yourself, chances are you’ve at least attempted to binge-write a book. How do you write something this quickly? How do you know what you need to do before you write (even if you don’t outline), how to know when to stop writing, and what to look for as you edit so that you, too, can write and edit an entire novel in a month?

HOW TO KEEP READERS TURNING PAGES

Suspense is necessary for reader engagement, no matter what genre you write in. What makes something suspenseful, and how do you do that in everything you write?

BLOGGING, VLOGGING, AND BECOMING A BRAND

Platform. Platform. Platform. By this point we’re all tired of hearing about it. But what does it mean? How do you go about building one that works? What does it mean to have a personal brand? In this age of the internet, how do you let people get to know you without being available 24/7? This is where blogs and vlogs (video blogs) come into play. In this class I look into how to create a simple yet professional brand for your platform so that you’ll be both well-known and well-liked as you go into the query trenches.

MOVES AND

COUNTER MOVES

Every plot has many moving pieces, and every piece affects all the others. When one piece isn’t pulling its weight, the story suffers. In this class I look at how antagonists can help beat writer’s block and create a solid plot that will both intrigue and enthrall.

A WORTHY OPPONENT

Every good hero needs an equally evil villain. But how do you create a villain well suited to oppose your hero? In this class I cover different types of villains, different types of motives, and how villains and heroes can be best when they’re two sides of the same coin.

INSPIRATION EVERYWHERE

They say nothing bad ever happens to a writer, everything can be used as research or inspiration. How do you find that inspiration in the good and the bad of life?

DISCOVERING

YOUR VOICE

"Find your voice." Ah, but what is a writer's voice? Why should you write the piece instead of someone else? Why should you write anything at all? Most importantly, how do you determine your niche and create a tone that works professionally, casually, and everywhere in between?

CONDITIONED

TO WRITE

Most of us are familiar with Pavlov and his dogs, the bell and the food. In my curiosity, I've learned quite about this classical conditioning. More importantly, I can teach you to classically condition yourself for writing.

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October 10, 2020

Literary Agent

What Agents Wish Writers Knew

Chicago ACFW meeting

September 12, 2020

Literary Agent

Keep the Readers Turning Pages

Colorado Writers Workshop, Teleconference

May 19, 2020

Literary Agent/Publishing Consultant

The Writing Community Podcast

March 28, 2020

Literary Agent/Panelist

KCWW, Teleconference

August 2, 2019

Discussion Group Leader

PWR Conference, Taylor University, Upland, IN

April 30, 2019

What is a Story?

Lutheran High School, Indianapolis, IN​

April 30, 2019

Careers in Writing

Lutheran High School, Indianapolis, IN

April 24, 2019

What is a Story?

Heritage High School, Indianapolis, IN

April 24, 2019

Finding What to Write About

Heritage High School, Indianapolis, IN

April 6, 2019

Elements of Suspense

PWR Spring 2019 Retreat, Upland, IN

June 2, 2018

Short Story Reading: Charles and the Seeds

2018 Lewis and Friends Colloquium, Upland, IN

October 2017

Types of Villains

PWR Fall 2017 Retreat, Upland, IN

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